Posts tagged ‘Desire’

I am in the Place of God!

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By Pastor Jeff,

Joseph had many ups and downs in his journey with Lord, some of his ups include receiving the coat of many colors from his father, becoming the head man at Potiphar’s house, and becoming second in command to all of Egypt in the Pharaoh’s kingdom! Some of his downs would be his brothers attempt to kill him, then selling him to the Ishmaelites, being accused of sexual assault by Potiphar’s wife then ending up in prison, and then being stuck in prison for two years. The one thing is that he never waivered for his love of God and rising above the fray.

When Jacob finally died, his brothers become fearful, Genesis 50:15-20, “And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him. And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him. And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants. And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” What a profound statement of faith and love!

We are all well aware that Satan hates us and seeks our destruction by whatever means he can. When sickness, death, suffering are piled on us as result of sin coming into our world we sometimes want to strike out and blame God. But we know He is not the source of evil and if we can real trust in the love of Jesus Christ we will see Romans 8:28 fulfilled, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” 

I will share for a moment on how I see this being fulfilled in my life. In the last year I have experienced a little more suffering than I would like to, my good friend died last October 20th, then a week later on October 28th my oldest son died as well. In the time between then and now my youngest daughter was diagnosed again with cancer and even though I believe she will be ultimately be healed it was a tough pill to swallow. Though I had experienced an occasional meltdown my faith in Jesus Christ is stronger than ever. This then leads to how God is turning it into a good thing!

A couple months ago our church as well I’m sure many churches received a letter talking about the local Sheriffs Dept. desire to start a Chaplain program for it’s officers. As I sat in the training class recently where the discussion was more about death and death notifications I thought to myself, “Why am I here?” The Spirit of God living in me brought me to the scripture from Romans 8:28 and I realized that those things that happened to me were meant to destroy me. But I would never of pursued this new chapter without it! God changed what was meant for evil to something good to His glory!

If you are going through a tough period, keep on loving God, trust Him and somehow, sometime, Jesus will turn it into something good!

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Desiring More of JESUS

   By Pastor Mike

I wanna talk a little about Revival. Revival is about us getting revived in our hearts and in our Spirits. The word “revive” means to bring back to life, or to restore. Remember when you first got the HOLY GHOST? I know I was very excited. I felt a strong POWER and heat starting from my heart and went throughout my body. Then I started to speak in tongues. I let myself go and I let GOD. Whatever you went through when you got the HOLY GHOST, experience it again. That will always be an exciting time in your life. Let’s keep experiencing that as we revive ourselves. Let’s raise our desire to have more of JESUS in our lives.

Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”

Romans 12:2

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

This is what revival is all about. We need to make our relationship with JESUS stronger than ever. If you been complacent or not as close to HIM as you know you want to be or need to be then now is the time to do it. NO MORE EXCUSES. We need to fall more in love with JESUS and not just talk to HIM when you want something. I know we feel better when we spend time with HIM.

When we get revived, our lives will be changed for the better because we’re getting deeper with our relationship with JESUS. Don’t let the things of the world dictate what you’re gonna do. Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit to guide you. Get revived and spend more time in prayer and reading and obeying GOD’s Word. Get revived and start using the spiritual gifts that GOD gave you. HE didn’t give you spiritual gifts to sit on them and not use them. HE wants us to use them. USE THEM.

I want to encourage all of us to raise our desire to get more of what GOD has for us. I believe our desire will raise up when we get back to the basics of studying HIS WORD and spending quality time with HIM. That’s what HE wants. You and HIM alone time.

When you get in the presence of GOD, HE will set your soul on fire – anytime – anyplace. We need to pray that we increase our desire.

The goodness of GOD should raise our desire for HIM. Hasn’t GOD been good to all of us? More than we could ever deserve? We should have died in our sins but the Grace of GOD found us in the muck and mire we were in. The mercy of GOD washed over us and the Blood of JESUS cleansed us, and the SPIRIT of GOD filled us.

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The Glory

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By Pastor Jeff,

My first thought when it comes about the word “glory” is when the angels announced the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ to the shepherds in the hills, Luke 2:11-14, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

The Glory of God  can be difficult to describe, His Glory can be found in His creation, Psalms 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handywork.” Even man was created to display His glory, Isaiah 43:7, “Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” Unfortunately, man has polluted the glory of God, Romans 1:18-23, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.”

Do you think of glory as being another name for heaven? Psalms 73:23-25, “Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.” How many times have you said or heard Christians talk of death as being “received unto glory,” which is a phrase borrowed from this Psalm. When the Christian dies, he will be taken into God’s presence, and in His presence will be naturally surrounded by God’s glory.

Defining what Glory is and what it means is tougher than I thought and to explain it to someone who never has seen the glory of God in His creation or has never experienced the wonderful presence of Jesus Christ is like trying to explain a sunrise over the ocean to someone who is blind.

Because God is the creator of all, including us and is Holy, the glory of God is the manifest beauty of his holiness. It is the going public of his holiness. His holiness is what he is as God that nobody else is. It is his quality of perfection that can’t be improved upon, that can’t be imitated, that is incomparable, that determines all that he is and is determined by nothing from outside. It signifies his infinite worth, his intrinsic, infinite worth, his intrinsic, infinite value.
We need to give Him “Glory” we all make the mistake of trusting in earthly things, earthly relationships, their own powers or talents or beauty, or the goodness they see in others. But when these things fade and fail as they will inevitably do we tend to abandon the things and people we have been giving glory to. What we all need to realize is that God’s glory is constant, and as we journey through life we will see it manifest here and there
The Lord Jesus Christ has done so much for me, can you declare that too?
John 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
And we have this promise in Him, Ephesians 1:11-17, “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:”
Moses who probably had the most one on one connection to God in the Old Testament had had one day asked the Lord an interesting question in Exodus 33:18, “And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory.”
You know what, that is a question I am asking God too…
Exodus 40:34, “Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.”  I want you to notice something here, this filling of the tabernacle only happened after sacrifice, what sacrifice can we give? Hebrews 13:14-15, “For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”
Its about desire, do you have this desire?

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The Heart of God

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By Pastor Jeff,

We hear people say that they want the mind of Christ in helping them to make decisions in their lives and yes, we should seek that.
But today I want to talk about the “Heart of God”

The heart is the key organ in the circulatory system. As a hollow, muscular pump, its main function is to propel blood throughout the body. It usually beats from 60 to 100 times per minute, but can go much faster when necessary. It beats about 100,000 times a day, more than 30 million times per year, and about 2.5 billion times in a 70-year lifetime. With each heartbeat, blood is sent throughout our bodies, carrying oxygen and nutrients to every cell. Every day, the approximately 10 pints (5 liters) of blood in your body travel many times through about 60,000 miles (96,560 kilometers) of blood vessels that branch and cross, linking the cells of our organs and body parts.

But the heart can mean other things other than this organ that beats within our chest today, it can mean our center, character, courage, emotion empathy, essence, feeling, kindness, love, mood, etc.
In the bible the word “heart”, occurs over one thousand times, making it the most common anthropological (study of humankind) term in the Scripture. It mostly refers to the heart figuratively. Some examples:
Psalms 4:7 says. “Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.”
Psalms 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” The bible tells us what comes out of it Mark 7:21-23, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”

Despite of trying to portray as some kind of tough guy, I always been kind of a feeler, even though I try to hide it, I often find this 230 lbs of solid muscle crying at not only movies, but commercials, or touchy quotes.                                                                                   I think that was the type of man that God wants in all of us but it really is bared out in when Israel decided it wanted a King to rule them and not just God, after Samuel anointed the first King Saul it didn’t take long for Saul to mess things up and when Saul disobeyed God at Gilgal, this is what Samuel had to tell him.
1 Samuel 13:13-14, “And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.” That was the type of man that God wanted Samuel to anoint to be the next King, 1 Samuel 16:7, “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

Who was that man? Acts 13:21-23, “And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years. And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:”

A man after the heart of God, what a great title to have! So, what is the Heart of God? John 3:16 makes it clear what God’s heart is, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

There are many more scriptures than I could share on how we need to seek the heart of God, but I will give you just a few,
Psalms 38:8-10, “I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart. Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee. My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.”
Psalms 111:1, “Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.”
Psalms 51:15-17, “O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite (to collapse) heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” I saved the best for last for there are many benefits from seeking and having the heart of God, Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”

I Long for knowing Jesus Christ in every possible way I can, I want the Heart of God, how about you?

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Dedicated to JESUS

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There’s an old song and part of the lyrics were “ dedicated to the one I love.”

I ask myself and everyone else, who are we dedicated to? What are we dedicated to?

Lots of people are dedicated to their jobs, money, sports teams, and a lot of things that won’t get you to Heaven. If we follow those lyrics and ask ourselves if we truly are dedicated to the one I love then we need to stand up and stand strong and let everyone know we are dedicated to JESUS. HE is the one we need to be in Love with and to be dedicated to.

Are we ready to be dedicated to the things that JESUS wants us to do. That’s why we need to reach people who don’t know JESUS. That’s what HE wants us to do. Every day. That’s what JESUS tells us to do and that is important to HIM.

Mark 16:15

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Revelation 14:6

“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,”

The more dedicated we get about telling people about JESUS, the more people will want to build a relationship with HIM. The more Bible studies will be going on. The more they will understand the plan of salvation. They’ll want to repent of their sins. They’ll want to get Baptized in JESUS name. They will receive the free precious powerful gift of the HOLY GHOST.

Don’t let family and friends and neighbors and co-workers go on without knowing JESUS. JESUS was dedicated to go through with getting beat beyond recognition. Being ridiculed and spit on. Being hung on a cross. Dying for us and after three days rose from the grave to give us eternal life. Do you know JESUS today? Do you want to know HIM more?

Spiritual growth is not an accident. It’s very intentional. You gotta be dedicated to grow in your relationship with JESUS. You gotta make a choice to grow. You are as close to JESUS as you choose to be. If you are not growing spiritually don’t blame anybody. If you don’t feel close to God right now, guess who moved? JESUS don’t move.

We need to encourage people to build a strong relationship with HIM so they can get the Hope there is in HIM. The Love there is. The peace, comfort, grace, mercy. I encourage everyone today to know JESUS. HE’S the best friend you’ll ever have. HE will be there with you at the mention of HIS Name. HE is always there. I guarantee your life will change for the better when you know JESUS. It’s an awesome change. Because you know when troubles come HE will get you through them.

Psalm 23 4-6

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”

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My Thoughts about Revival

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